“Ragamuffin” Breaks Record in Race to Vietnam

Yachting-Hong Kong
By Bill Cox
Bill Cox
Bill Cox
October 18, 2013 Updated: October 18, 2013

At 08.11 and 20 seconds Hong Kong time on Saturday Oct 19 the Dubois 90, ‘Ragamuffin 90’ helmed by Syd Fischer took overall line honors in the Audi Hong Kong to Vietnam Race 2013 organized by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

‘Ragamuffin’s time for the 656Nm race was 42:41:20 breaking the record time of 42:45:41 set by Grant Wharington’s 30 metre yacht ‘Skandia Wild Thing’ in 2002-2003.

According to Yellowbrick Tracker, ‘Ragamuffin’ is expected to be pushed into 4th place in the IRC Racing-0 Class on calculated time.

The catamaran ‘Mach 2’ is second in position for overall line honours and in first place on calculated time under HKPN ratings.

American boat ‘Lucky’ (TP52) currently placed third on the water with 100Nm to complete but on current performance is expected to take 1st place IRC Overall and IRC Racing-0 Class on calculated time ahead of ‘Ragamuffin’.

‘OneSails Racing’ is currently calculated to take 2nd place in this IRC Racing-0 Class and Sam Chan’s ‘FreeFire’ (TP52) is currently is 3rd position.

‘Chivas’ the other 90ft yacht in the Race although lying in fourth position on the water is calculated to take 5th place in IRC Racing-0 Class.

IRC Racing-1 Class
There is still a big contest in IRC Racing-1 Class with ‘KukuKERchu’ (Ker 40) currently calculated to be leading ‘Island Fling’ (HH42) lying in second place (190Nm from the finish line) with ‘Signal 8’ (Ker 40) lying third. ‘KukuKERchu’ is heading for a more coastal approach to the finish than ‘Island Fling’ whilst ‘Signal 8’ is taking a course midway between the two but is 208Nm from the finish line. It will be interesting to see which boat has taken the fastest route. ‘Surfdude’ is a further ……Nm behind.

IRC Racing-2 Class
‘Red Kite II’ with 260Nm still to complete to the finish is well in control of taking line honours in IRC Racing-2 Class ahead of ‘Sell Side Dream’ who is a further 30Nm back.

The biennial 656 Nm race from Hong Kong to Vietnam organised by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club set off from Hong Kong at 1.30pm local time on Thursday Oct 17. The race attracted 17 competitors from several nations and involving multi nation crews.

Bill Cox